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Homecoming and Reunion Weekend
It was a wonderful weekend on campus as 1,300 alumni and their families were welcomed back to campus for a fun-filled Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, held October 17-20, 2013. Alumni caught up with former classmates, toured new facilities, and cheered on the Yellow Jackets.
The annual Homecoming Awards Luncheon was held on Friday in the Alumni Gymnasium. This year the Society of Alumni honored three remarkable alumni.
The Distinguished Service Award was presented to The Rev. John Peters ’70. Peters has served churches in the Virginia Conference in Newport News, Harrisonburg, and Winchester, and he retired in 2013 as senior minister at Trinity United Methodist Church in Richmond. Peters’ Yellow Jacket enthusiasm is evident in all does for Randolph-Macon. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees, the Society of Alumni, and the Board of Associates. He also served on the Athletics Hall of Fame Committee, and he is a current member of the Heritage Society. The R-MC community is pleased that he is returning as a member of the Board of Trustees.
Honored with Distinguished Alumni Awards were Jack Enoch ’70, managing director and chief investment officer of Branch Cabell Asset Management, and this year’s guest speaker, Vice Admiral John W. Craine Jr. ’68.
Enoch is a Yellow Jacket through and through. He served on the Board of Trustees from 2000-2011, is a former member of the Board of Associates, and is a member of the Heritage Society. And he shared his expertise by participating in a panel discussion at R-MC’s Theatre Reunion, which was held in May.
Craine retired from a distinguished military and civilian career including positions of Director of Naval Training and Chief of Naval Education and Training, and the Interim and later President of The State University of New York Maritime College.
The Noë-Kilgore Award was also presented at the luncheon. The award, given each year to a retired faculty member in recognition of an outstanding teaching career and service to Randolph-Macon College, was presented to Biology Professor Pat Dementi.
Class Agent Winners
President Lindgren announced this fiscal year’s Class Agent winners of the Tom Powers Award, which recognizes classes that reach the highest giving participation rate within their decade. For the 2013 fiscal year, the following classes received the award:
Reasons to Celebrate
Tours of Brock Commons Campus Center and Dalton Alumni House offered visitors the opportunity to see the remarkable changes taking place on campus.
Friday’s Homecoming Celebration, held in the Brock Commons Campus Center, rounded out the day, as alumni reminisced about “old times” and danced under a tent on the brick patio.
Yellow Jacket Fun
Saturday was jam-packed with activities. Guests enjoyed the opening day of a new exhibit in Flippo Gallery by Mitchell Johnson ’86. Johnson’s work has appeared in the NY Times Magazine, ARTnews, Art in America, and numerous other publications.
The Alumnae Softball Game was a big “hit” in more ways than one. With approximately 50 current Yellow Jacket players and alumnae in attendance, it was an opportunity for fun, friendship, and some spirited competition.
The day also included tailgating activities and the Homecoming game. The R-MC football team won a thrilling 27-21 game over Washington & Lee as the Yellow Jackets recovered a fumble by the Generals with 1:10 remaining in the game.
There were reunions, receptions and activities planned throughout the weekend. Reunion Classes celebrating this year were: 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, and 2008, with record attendance for each class.
The R-MC Arts Council hosted its annual tailgate event and announced upcoming events, including the November 9 screening of “It’s a Disaster,” a film by Blaise Miller ’99 and the November 22 lecture by John Doyle, the inaugural Kesler Guest Artist in Theatre.
The Biology and Chemistry Departments, Cheer and Dance Team, Residence Life and Housing, and Student Life hosted affinity tailgates.
In the evening, alumni continued their conversations at informal gathering throughout campus, with many gathering on the lawn of the new Alumni House, some enjoying smooth jazz in Birdsong Café, and others watching a slideshow of photos that took them down memory lane.
The weekend concluded with a worship service at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church led by Jennifer Day ’03, who offered a special Homecoming message.
Save the Date
Planning for Homecoming and Reunion Weekend 2014, which will be held October 24-26, is already underway.
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